Guatemala 2017

A thousand children were seen

Thank you to all who supported our recent humanitarian dental project to Guatemala in February. Your kind words and your interest mean a lot.

All of our volunteers returned safely after two weeks of working in the harsh environment of rural Guatemala. After nearly 20 years of humanitarian work, what impresses me the most is the genuine caring nature of all our volunteers. The worst conditions bring out the best in people, and this recent experience was a prime example of that. The volunteers left behind the comforts of home to face extreme heat, dehydration, insects safety hazards, and illness. Accomplishment is never great without sacrifice, and I believe this recent sense of accomplishment will lead our volunteers to other acts of kindness and humanitarian efforts.

“Guatemala 2017” was hugely successful. Never in the history of Health Outreach have 30 volunteers from Canada completed a project in which nearly a thousand children were seen. More importantly, not one child was denied care.

Two remote communities were serviced again – El Salto/San Gabriel and the villages in the Rio Dulce region of Guatemala. The dental boat again offered a sheltered, fully equipped dental facility to practice. Four dental chairs were operational throughout the week, and all the equipment purchased last year and on this trip worked flawlessly.

New this year was a Medical Needs assessment in anticipation that a Medical Team next year. Spearheading this effort was Dr. Lee who gathered statistics and interviewed the indigenous people and local workers. Dental assistant and nursing student Nasha Zaheer assessed the availability of medical care as well as equipment and medication needs.

Keep posted on plans to expand our project in Guatemala to include medical care.

Dr. Timothy Lee
Streetsville Dental